The Little Epicurean

May 27 2015

Espresso Granita with Ice Cream

Espresso Granita with ice cream | the little epicurean

It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend.

My best friend got married on Sunday. It was a beautiful ceremony overlooking the gorgeous ocean. And of course, my best friend looked absolutely stunning. It’s kind of surreal seeing childhood friends grow up. I still remember being kids talking about all the things we would do and accomplish when we got older. When that older time actually happens, it’s definitely a freak out moment.

Before the wedding, the some of the bridal party celebrated at Disneyland on Friday for their big 60th diamond anniversary kickoff. We wanted to stay for the entire 24 hour event, but we only survived 19 hours. Nonetheless, it was a very fun and happy day. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up past 4am!

From one celebration to the next, how are you supposed to stay awake on very little sleep? 5 Hour Energies and a ton of coffee can only help so much. I need something tastier. I need espresso granita with a double scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Espresso Granita with ice cream | the little epicurean

With June a couple days away, the unofficial start of summer is on! That means it’s time for frozen treats, no bake desserts, and plenty of ice cold beverages. Last week I shared this refreshing strawberry basil granita. It was so good that I had to make a second granita right away. Just like popsicles, you can pretty much freeze anything into a tasty granita.

Espresso Granita with ice cream | the little epicurean

If given the choice between a cup of coffee or an espresso granita… hands down espresso granita! Especially if ice cream is involved.  Coffee and cream is so passé. Espresso and ice cream is a winner. Have you ever had an affogato? It’s a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or gelato) with a shot of espresso poured over. DELICIOUS! This espresso granita with ice cream is pretty much the same concept, except instead of hot espresso you get frozen espresso. This frozen affogato allows me to eat slower and savor this perfect pick-me-up dessert.

May 20 2015

Japanese Melon Pan

Japanese Melon Pan | the little epicurean

For most of my childhood and well into adolescence, I loved anime and manga. Think: Sailor Moon, Hana Yori Dango, Honey and Clover, Bleach, Death Note, etc. (I could go on and on…) During weekends and summer vacations, I’d binge watch episodes and read for hours. And then during college, my roommates and I were totally

May 17 2015

Strawberry Basil Granita

Strawberry Basil Granita | the little epicurean

My brother and I were making granitas way before we even knew what it was. Growing up loved drinks that came in cool containers: think Sqeezit, Capri Sun, and Kool-Aid Bursts. Yes, definitely not the most healthy choices, but those were our favorites. Although, I don’t know if I could stomach them at this age.

May 12 2015

Cinnamon Sugar Milk Bread Toast

Cinnamon Sugar Milk Bread Toast | the little epicurean

Bread is good. Toast is better. Toast is major in LA. You are sure to find a hip version of it at all the cool coffee shops and cafes. When I lived in Silver Lake, I couldn’t get enough of the brioche toast with jam from Sqirl. It’s killer. As soon as I moved to Pasadena,

May 07 2015

Japanese Milk Bread

Japanese Milk Bread | the little epicurean

Bread is my weakness. Crusty French baguettes, chewy Italian ciabatta, and this oh so fluffy and heavenly Japanese milk bread. Ever since my high school days, there have always been diets and fads telling me to stay away from breads. It’s not that I couldn’t do it, it’s just that I don’t want to deny myself

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